The 10 States With The Highest Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do licensed practical nurses get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for licensed practical nurses by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for licensed practical nurses by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for licensed practical nurses after this adjustment? That would be Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Nevada
  2. Arizona
  3. Michigan
  4. Illinois
  5. Washington
  6. Delaware
  7. Texas
  8. Utah
  9. Wyoming
  10. Indiana

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for licensed practical nurses from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $56200, so our index value would be:

$56,200 * (100 / 135.9) = $41,353

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for licensed practical nurses.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $55,314 $57,140 103.3
2 Arizona $55,193 $54,090 98.0
3 Michigan $55,101 $49,040 89.0
4 Illinois $53,995 $51,080 94.6
5 Washington $52,680 $55,420 105.2
6 Delaware $52,130 $52,860 101.4
7 Texas $51,808 $46,990 90.7
8 Utah $51,752 $48,130 93.0
9 Wyoming $50,969 $46,790 91.8
10 Indiana $49,508 $44,310 89.5
11 Colorado $49,335 $51,210 103.8
12 New Mexico $49,284 $47,560 96.5
13 Rhode Island $48,989 $59,130 120.7
14 Kansas $48,097 $43,240 89.9
15 Idaho $48,078 $44,280 92.1
16 North Carolina $47,507 $44,610 93.9
17 Pennsylvania $47,455 $48,120 101.4
18 Nebraska $47,117 $43,160 91.6
19 Missouri $47,101 $42,580 90.4
20 Iowa $47,054 $42,820 91.0
21 Wisconsin $46,787 $45,290 96.8
22 North Dakota $46,690 $46,410 99.4
23 Minnesota $46,646 $47,020 100.8
24 Kentucky $46,320 $41,920 90.5
25 Ohio $46,300 $43,430 93.8
26 Oklahoma $46,255 $41,260 89.2
27 New Jersey $46,177 $56,290 121.9
28 Oregon $46,055 $53,240 115.6
29 Georgia $45,612 $41,690 91.4
30 Arkansas $45,430 $39,570 87.1
31 Florida $45,167 $44,400 98.3
32 New Hampshire $44,880 $52,510 117.0
33 Tennessee $44,876 $40,120 89.4
34 Connecticut $44,612 $56,970 127.7
35 Virginia $44,494 $44,850 100.8
36 Alaska $44,431 $58,250 131.1
37 Massachusetts $44,220 $58,990 133.4
38 Mississippi $44,155 $37,930 85.9
39 Montana $43,422 $43,770 100.8
40 Maryland $42,749 $53,650 125.5
41 Alabama $41,918 $38,230 91.2
42 Louisiana $41,645 $39,480 94.8
43 California $41,353 $56,200 135.9
44 South Carolina $41,219 $40,890 99.2
45 Maine $41,164 $45,610 110.8
46 Vermont $41,056 $49,720 121.1
47 West Virginia $39,368 $36,770 93.4
48 South Dakota $37,251 $38,630 103.7
49 New York $37,229 $48,770 131.0
50 Hawaii $30,333 $50,930 167.9
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